Former Riders head coach Craig Dickenson hired by brother Dave as consultant with Stampeders

Courtesy: Calgary Stampeders

The Calgary Stampeders have hired former Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Craig Dickenson as a consultant with the coaching staff, per sources.

Craig’s brother Dave has been the Stamps’ bench boss since 2016 and added general manager duties in 2023. The two worked together for one season in 2009 when Craig was the special teams coach in Calgary and Dave the running backs coach.

The older Dickenson accepted the blame for the Riders missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season last year and did not get his contract renewed. The Green and White finished the regular season at 6-12 in 2023 and lost seven consecutive games to end the campaign.

The Great Falls, Mon. native helped lead the Roughriders to a first-place finish in the West Division in 2019 with a 13-5 campaign, though the Green and White fell to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Final. The Riders finished second in the West in 2021 with a 9-5 record and beat the Calgary Stampeders in the West Semi-Final but lost to Winnipeg the following week.

The Riders took a turn for the worse in 2022 when the team finished the year at 6-12 following a promising 4-1 start, losing seven consecutive games to end the season. The script was nearly identical in 2023 as the team started 3-1 while finishing 6-12 with a seven-game losing streak.

Dickenson took over as Saskatchewan’s head coach after Chris Jones left for a position in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns following the 2018 season. The 52-year-old finished his tenure with the Riders with a 34-34 win-loss record in the regular season and a 1-2 record in the playoffs.

Prior to becoming a head coach, Dickenson was a respected special teams coordinator in the CFL, winning two Grey Cups in that role in 2008 and 2015. He held the same position with the Stampeders, Roughriders, Blue Bombers and Edmonton Football Team.

Dave has posted a 79-41-2 win-loss-tie record as Calgary’s head coach with a 4-6 playoff mark including winning the 106th Grey Cup. The Stamps had the worst season during his tenure last year going 6-12 with a fourth straight postseason loss in the Western Semi-Final.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.